Craft of Argument / Edition 2by Joseph M. Williams, Gregory G. Colomb
Pub. Date: 07/25/2002
This is the top argument rhetoric guide on using the Toulmin system of argument. Written by the authors of such successful composition titles as Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace (AWL) and The Craft of Research (Chicago UP), The Craft of Argument is an argument rhetoric worth looking at! The Craft of Argument is based on the Toulmin system of argument and has a brief selection of readings. Reviewers have raved about the modifications to Toulmin that Williams and Colomb have made, where the authors have streamlined the Toulmin system further than any other book while retaining its fundamental insights, and power. The book also consists of seventeen thoughtfully selected readings, as well as useful writing instructions. A checklist of questions for planning and revising is located in a special section tabbed halfway through the book. This checklist will help readers build stronger arguments by asking them general and detailed (sentence-specific) questions regarding their arguments. Two significant appendices are included for reference: 1) logical fallacies to recognize and avoid, and 2) bibliographic citations (both MLA and APA). For anyone interested in leaning how to construct and write arguments very well.
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Table of Contents
Topical Contents of the Writing Process Sections.
Preface for Teachers.
A Message to Students.
How to Use This Book.
I. THE NATURE OF ARGUMENT.
1. Argument and Rationality.
2. Argument as Civil Conversation.
3. Motivating Your Argument.
II. DEVELOPING YOUR ARGUMENT.
4. Articulating Claims.
5. Reasons and Evidence.
6. Reporting Evidence.
7. Warranting Claims and Reasons.
8. Acknowledgments and Responses.
A Checklist for Planning and Revising.
III. THINKING ABOUT THINKING IN ARGUMENTS.
9. The Forms of Reasoning.
10. Arguments About Meanings.
11. Arguments About Causes.
IV. THE LANGUAGES OF ARGUMENT.
12. Clear Language.
13. The Overt and Covert Force of Language.
Appendix 1. Fallacies.
Appendix 2. A Quick Guide to Citations.
1. Attitudes Toward Teaching and Learning.
2. Bingeing, Risk and Public Health.
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